Month: July 2012

The last installment – Sedona and surrounding areas

WHOO back in Texas, finally. As much as I loved my rotation/vacation, six weeks is a long time to be away and I was ready to come back to my nice comfy bed and better AC.

So, the last little road trip we did was to Sedona, AZ. Its a little bit south of Flagstaff and a cute ol’ town. I also decided I need to live somewhere with mountains as my daily background.

First of all, we stayed at place called Baby Quail Inn. Pretty cheap and super cute. The couple that owns it, the husband use to be in the show biz, so in the guest area in the office, there’s like his mini Hollywood shrine with all his picture. Well, the Sedona paper describes it better.

“Dick Curtis has been in show business for over 60 years with appearances on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Carol Burnett Show, Dick Van Dyke Show and many others. Mr. Curtis also did voice overs for the Saul Bass academy award film “Why Man Creates” which was the winning documentary short film in 1968 and is still being used in education today. Currently Dick and his wife Misty are the proud owners of Baby Quail Inn in Sedona. Visitors to Sedona are welcome to stop by the Baby Quail Inn to meet Dick and enjoy a peek at their breakfast room, an entire room devoted to his 60 years in show business.”

It was pretty fantastic.

That night we ate dinner at Elote Cafe. Don’t be fooled – though its connected to an inn/hotel, this place is pricey yet delicious. We sat at the community table and the couple next to us gave us their leftover appetizer. Community table, community food?? They gave us their Elote = Fire roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and Cotija cheese and holy shit, it was delicious. We also shared the beef rib quesadilla and the lamb shank.

And the next morning we went off to float the river in nearby town of Camp Verde. Beer, rafts, and lazily going down the river. We even parked in some rocks in the shade and chilled for awhile because we didn’t want it to end.

Afterwards, we went to the mining town of Jerome which they try to claim ghost town status but you lose all your legitness as a ghost town when you call yourself a ghost town and have tons of people…. don’t get me wrong, super cute town thats nestled right in the mountain. Unfortunately, we missed the mining tour but we happened to catch the last bit of a classic car show.

But basically, the only thing to do in Sedona is hike. I would’ve liked to had gone to Slide Rock but had an incident and had to leave early. But, Sedona is kinda a hippy town and they have these spots of “spiritual energy” called vortexes (well, the right way to say it is vortices).

So, lets just quote this shit because I don’t know how to say it eloquently without being too patronizing.

” The energy from these vortexes saturates the whole area in and around Sedona, and can be noticed in a subtle but general way anywhere around town. If you actually go to one of the vortex sites, which is where the energy is strongest, it can be a very uplifting experience. The energy you take in at one of these energy centers can stay with you and affect you positively for days afterwards. ”

So we embarked on our spiritual journey. We were lazy and tried to find the shortest one first which is the one on Airport. It was so small, we completely missed it and ended up hiking the trail nearby for half an hour or so. So, I guess the energy didn’t suck us in far enough. We didn’t even end up walking up to “it” since there were so many people and I didn’t want anyone to interrupt my spiritual healing.

The next morning we attempted to go hike another Vortex called the Cathedral Rock. There are literally like 10 parking spots and they were all full at 7 AM. So, no spiritual healing for us, but here’s a picture of it from the other side.

And then we also dropped by the Chapel of the Cross. Beautiful place.

IN SUMMARY: Sedona has a lot of hikes, some easy, some long. Lots of spiritual healing and what not, and a touristy little place but kinda anticlimatic. Its pretty, the Red Rock City or whatever BUTTTTTTTTT after going to Moab, also known as a red rock somethin’………

MOAB > SEDONA for hikes, views, red rock and stuff

Well folks, that was our last mini vacation during our rotation. Our road trip back to Texas gets its own special post because Tinkertown deserves attention.

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